Three cruise passengers were among the five people who were shot dead at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport. Several others were also injured when the mass shooting occurred in the baggage reclaim area at Terminal 2.
84-year-old Olga Woltering, who was originally from Suffolk in the United Kingdom, was one of the cruise passengers shot dead. She moved to America and lived on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. Olga was on her way to join a cruise ship and to celebrate her husband’s 90th Birthday with her family. The family had travelled to Fort Lauderdale a day early, ready to set sail on their cruise the following day.
57-year-old travel lover and regular cruise passenger, Michael Oehme from Lowa was also died during shooting. Michael was travelling with his wife, Kari Oehme who was shot in the shoulder but survived and is currently recovering in hospital.
Also among those who died was 67-year-old, Terry Andres, who was celebrating his Birthday on the day of the shooting. Terry was due to embark on a 16-night cruise aboard Caribbean Princess. Terry had flown to Fort Lauderdale from Virginia Beach, Virginia along with his wife, Ann Andres. Terry was shot and died as he went to fetch a luggage trolley.
In a statement, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, said: “A lone gunman, Esteban Santiago, 26, opened fire in the baggage claim area, killing five people and wounding eight others. Airport operations were completely halted as deputies and officers from local, state and federal agencies fanned across airport property to ensure there were no additional threats present.”
The 26-year-old suspect is in custody and if found guilty could face the death penalty.